Incoming Graduate Students 2017–18

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Nicholas Abrami

Hometown: 

St. Pertersburg, Florida

Three words that describe you:

Pensive, personable, romantic

 
 
One sentence that describes your research interest:

Conjuring images of objects from the past and combining them with contemporary sights, I invoke a sense that falls somewhere between nostalgic poetry and the banality of daily life.

Something that inspires you:

The wet dog smell of rain on hot pavement.

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Stephanie Blair

Hometown: 

Santa Maria, California

Three words that describe you:

Protean, keen, curious

 
 
One sentence that describes your research interest:

“In art, and in the higher ranges of science, there is a feeling of harmony which underlies all endeavor. There is no true greatness in art or science without that sense of harmony.” –Albert Einstein

Something that inspires you:

Science fiction and fact.


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Susanna Bondar

Hometown: 

Augusta, Georgia

Three words that describe you:

Introspective, Perceptive, Whimsical

 
 
 
One sentence that describes your research interest:

My work employs both the three-dimensional process of ceramic sculpture and the two-dimensional process of printmaking to suspend a fragmented narrative that focuses on emotionality of the self and perceptions of eternity in a simultaneously assertive and questioning manner.

Something that inspires you:

I am inspired by modes of visual narrative especially Pre-Renaissance work and 1970’s Japanese manga and animation.


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Ann Carter

Hometown: 

Birmingham, Alabama

Three words that describe you:

Visual artist, musician, curator 

 
 
One sentence that describes your research interest:

Find the commonalities between disparate things / redefine what it means to be a maker/do-er.

Something that inspires you:

The human condition, psychology, ethics, books, music, color, sound.


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Emily Duvall

Hometown: 

Albany, Georgia

Three words that describe you:

Personable, active, curious

 
 
One sentence that describes your research interest:

17th and 18th century French and Italian art

Something that inspires you:

Traveling to new places and visiting museums.


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Christina Echezarreta

Hometown: 

Miami, Florida

Three words that describe you:

Humorous, dedicated, adventurous 

 
 
One sentence that describes your research interest:

Botany and entomology play a large role in my work as I attempt to experiment with mediums and processes like photosynthesis, pollination, and cellular function in my installations.

Something that inspires you:

The flora and fauna of tropical Miami Florida inspire me. 


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Christina Foard

Hometown: 

Cincinnati, Ohio

Three words that describe you:

Open, spirited, genuine

 
 
One sentence that describes your research interest:

My recent, process-based paintings are imagined still-lifes of obscure objects in uncertain conditions/ spaces, often referencing clues to autobiographical stories and memories.  

Something that inspires you:

I'm inspired by paint, risks, wind, authenticity.


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Laurel Fulton

Hometown: 

Denver, Colorado

Three words that describe you:

Responsive, Tinker, Magpie

 
 
One sentence that describes your research interest:

I’m interested in peculiar things whether it’s a story, an object, a place or a person. I have a need to collect them and make them last or elevate their narrative so that they are made valuable. 

Something that inspires you:

Large collections of anything.


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Taylor Glennon

Hometown: 

Olympia, Washington

Three words that describe you:

Tenacious, inquisitive, meticulous

 

 

One sentence that describes your research interest:

The afterlife of the ancient Mediterranean in modern and contemporary art. 

Something that inspires you:

I find inspiration through learning about different cultures and their perspectives on universal human experiences as documented in their respective artistic traditions and developments.


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Mary Gordon

Hometown: 

Manhattan, Kansas by way of Weinheim, Germany

Three words that describe you:

Calm, granola, resourceful

 
One sentence that describes your research interest:

My work is fueled by a love for plants and the interactions humans have with the natural world around them.

Something that inspires you:

I am inspired by travel.


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Alec Kaus

Hometown: 

n/a

Three words that describe you:

Calm, cool, and collected

 
 
One sentence that describes your research interest:

My current work explores themes of transition, identity, and home.

Something that inspires you:

Ambiguity.


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Leah Mazza

Hometown: 

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Three words that describe you:

Introspective, Elusive, Observant

 
 
One sentence that describes your research interest:

Distinctive moments from personal experiences are conveyed with whimsical, otherworldly, and emotionally charged aspects to express human sentiments. 

Something that inspires you:

Dreams.


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Hometown: 

Charlotte, North Carolina

Three words that describe you:

Caring, colorful, creative

 

 

One sentence that describes your research interest:

Continuing research in visual art integration and curriculum, specifically in home school settings. 

Something that inspires you:

Travel and textiles.


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Erin Potter

Hometown: 

Fairview, Tennessee

One sentence that describes your research interest:

My work has a soft spot for outdated materials, garish colors, and toeing the fine line between good and bad

taste, fact and fetish, nostalgia and the unfamiliar. 

Something that inspires you:

1960's home DIY manuals.


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Erin Riggins

Hometown: 

Greensboro, North Carolina

Three words that describe you:

Cat–lover, 30 Rock–enthusiast, ice cream–aficionado

 
 
One sentence that describes your research interest:

I am interested in exploring how historical events in modern China influence the work of contemporary Chinese–American artists. 

Something that inspires you:

Working with artists inspires me.


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Heather Silver

Hometown: 

Flowery Brand, Georgia

Three words that describe you:

Resilient, kind, introspective

 
 
One sentence that describes your research interest:

Guiding students to experience interdisciplinary connections in the elementary art classroom creates meaning and depth of knowledge.

Something that inspires you:

Beauty in nature is ever changing, inspiring, and a breath of renewal.


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Robert Toles

Hometown: 

Dallas, Texas

One sentence that describes your research interest:

My photographs examine the relationship between people and place through the state, perception, and use of the landscape.

Something that inspires you:

I'm inspired by earth works and land artists.


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Kim Truesdale

Hometown: 

Camden, South Carolina

Three words that describe you:

Inquisitive, focused, witty

 
 
One sentence that describes your research interest:

Currently, I am exploring the internal and external perception of otherness in regards to gender, sexuality, and identity through painting and drawing. 

Something that inspires you:

Painting. Human vulnerability. Animals. Documentaries. 80’s New Wave. 


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Catherine Warren

Hometown: 

Bogart, Georgia

Three words that describe you:

Patient, diligent, eager

 
 
One sentence that describes your research interest:

I would like to help people to understand art in its many forms and the importance/ influence it can have on society. 

Something that inspires you:

My family!


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Rachel Watson

Hometown: 

Toccoa, Georgia

Three words that describe you:

Ebony, industrial, process

 
 
One sentence that describes your research interest:

Progress vs decay shown through multiple mediums.

Something that inspires you:

Construction.